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Opinion: Let Go of Identity Politics and Vote
Turning Texas blue won't turn it into California
"...Trump, nor any of the other downballot Republicans in Texas, but he also doesn't want our country "turning into..."

Oct. 30, 2020 Column by Anna Near

Qmmunity: Between a Rock and a Homophobic Place
Plus, Joterias' and Poo Poo Platter's spooky digital drag to chill you and thrill you
"...disability rights advocates and lawmakers spoke out against the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners' recent move to..."

Oct. 30, 2020 Column by Beth Sullivan

AISD, Union Still at Odds Over In-Person Teaching
Employees look for creative solutions, but have yet to see any
"...In addition, Elizalde said, she'd been told by the Texas Education Agency that the pod model used at most..."

Oct. 16, 2020 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

Spirit Adrift's Nathan Garrett Lands His Astral Metal Rocket in Bastrop
Ride into the light
"...and even considered ATX when Bolton relocated to Central Texas from Arkansas. Settling for Garrett in the absence of..."

Oct. 16, 2020 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

AISD Students Can Learn From Home. Teachers Have Fewer Options.
Big mess on campus
"...The Texas Education Agency's COVID-19 guidelines require all school districts to..."

Oct. 9, 2020 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

For Many AISD Teachers, It's Career vs. Family
AISD forces reluctant teachers to return to campus
"...Texas schools are required to return in person at some..."

Oct. 2, 2020 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

Opinion: Even Post-COVID, A-F School Ranking System Should Get an F
We should take this moment to evaluate the utility of the A-F system as a whole, as it does not sufficiently capture the nuance of the work being done in our schools
"...a big part of the back-to-school season here in Texas has been the release of the Texas Education Agency's..."

Oct. 2, 2020 Column by Rolf Straubhaar

Red Team Comeback?
Races south, west of town too close for Democrats' comfort
"...The ultimate goal for Texas Democrats is to flip the Texas House in November..."

Oct. 2, 2020 News Feature by Lina Fisher

After Three Years Dem Congressional Nominee Julie Oliver May Seal the Deal
The Road Warrior of Texas Congressional District 25
"...fundraiser from Weatherford named Roger Williams, who'd served as Texas secretary of state under Gov. Rick Perry, abandoned a..."

Sept. 25, 2020 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

About That AISD Waiver
Following backlash, confusion, district will seek TEA waiver to extend virtual learning, phase in classroom instruction after Oct. 5
" update on whether she would apply for a Texas Education Agency waiver that, if granted, would extend virtual..."

Sept. 25, 2020 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

24-Texas Teachers Talk of “Trauma” at TribFest
Educators discuss the challenges of reopening schools, TEA head defends decision to administer STAAR tests
"..."Anybody" presumably includes Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, Checka's panelmate in the..."

Sept. 18, 2020 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

Opinion: The Texas State Board of Education is Failing LGBTQ+ Students
School districts and families will need to pick up the slack left by SBOE’s recent decision to exclude sexual orientation and gender identity from the curriculum
"...Last week, the Texas State Board of Education gave preliminary approval to its..."

Sept. 18, 2020 Column by Katherine Goldey

“1619 Project” Creator Discusses Race, Slavery, Trump Pushback
"...of The New York Times joined the 2020 virtual Texas Tribune Fest­ival to talk with fellow Pulitzer winner Wesley..."

Sept. 18, 2020 News Feature by Lilli Hime

AISD First-Day Jitters
School opens with technical glitches; teachers' union demands waiver to extend virtual learning
"...Stephanie Elizalde made her remote rounds through the Zoom schools, the AISD Google Drive server crashed for several hours...."

Sept. 18, 2020 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

Public Notice: Which CAMP Are You In?
Privatizers launch new strategy for school board elections
"...basically two camps. One side wants to maintain public schools as a common good overseen by democratically elected school..."

Sept. 11, 2020 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Qmmunity: Back to School and Bassackwardlandia
State Board of Education excludes queer and trans kids in sex ed overhaul
"...standards for teaching sex education and health in public schools, the first in more than 20 years. As I..."

Sept. 11, 2020 Column by Beth Sullivan

Austin Development Through a Barbecue Lens
Shane Stiles shares the location history and future of Stiles Switch BBQ
"...the historic 1800s I&GN railroad stop in Stiles Switch, Texas, and with roots that stretch back to Taylor and..."

Sept. 11, 2020 Food Feature by Rod Machen

AISD Readies for School, Sports, Elections, and Red Ink
Students go back to class and sports Sept. 8 and more district news
"...Public Health reported that preseason football workouts at local schools were linked to at least 11 cases of COVID-19;..."

Sept. 4, 2020 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

Public Notice: Where’s Our LDC Rewrite?
Back into the looking glass with your City Council
"...The Project Connect transit plan will be up for..."

Sept. 4, 2020 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Austin at Large: Voting From the Bottom Up
Take advantage of your downballot opportunities to create real change
"...voters neither own property nor have children in the schools, the temptation to blow these off is great...."

Sept. 4, 2020 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Public Notice: No Help for Public Schools
Why the PPP only works for charters
"...With Austin schools struggling to reopen and budget cuts looming at the..."

Aug. 28, 2020 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Four Open Seats, and Many Demands for Change at AISD
School board shakeup
"...Hyde Park up to the Domain and includes middle schools (Burnet and Webb) and high schools (Navarro) with largely..."

Aug. 28, 2020 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

ARIC Trainings Teach Cops and Informants Junk Science
Police are learning lessons in fear
"...who may be involved in addressing threatening behavior" in schools. The center also promoted a presentation in early 2020..."

Aug. 28, 2020 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

City, County Extend COVID-19 Orders for the Long Haul
Mask mandate, ban on gatherings through December 15
"...the city directive also stipulates that pre-K and K-12 schools must phase in on-campus learning based on community risk..."

Aug. 21, 2020 News Feature by Beth Sullivan

Council Candidates in District 6 and 10 Diverge on Police, Housing, Land Use
Race(s) to the West
"...Dee Harrison, a retired Texas Depart­ment of Criminal Justice employee, is also running for..."

Aug. 21, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Austin At Large: The Dog That Caught the Cop Car
De-policing becomes partisanized, but who is really putting themselves at risk?
"...championed by both the Austin City Coun­cil and the Texas Public Policy Foundation? Yeah, that's not a thing anymore...."

Aug. 21, 2020 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...week when APH received backlogged laboratory data from the Texas Department of State Health Services...."

Aug. 21, 2020 News Feature by the News Staff

Slabs, Screw, and Stories from the Country: Deezie Brown & EC Mayne Soundtrack Bastrop County
Candy Blue Like Screw reclaims Texas rap heritage
"...only in relation to a larger city nearby. Through­out Texas especially, history and culture originates in places considered provincial...."

Aug. 14, 2020 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

AISD Hires Stephanie Elizalde as Next Superintendent
New leader assumes helm amid pandemic, equity challenges
"...that same meeting, trustees voted unanimously to seek a Texas Education Agency waiver that, if granted, would allow for..."

Aug. 14, 2020 News Feature by Beth Sullivan

AISD Delays School Year Until September 8
First eight weeks of classes could be mostly remote
"...also unanimously voted to seek a waiver from the Texas Education Agency for an additional four weeks of remote..."

Aug. 7, 2020 News Post by Beth Sullivan

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